Exodus 35 paints a beautiful picture not only of the past but of the future as YHVH’s plan unfolds. In Exodus 35, Moshe had already received the blueprint of the tabernacle to be built for YHVH’s dwelling place on earth. Now, the people were contributing their goods, time and talents according to what YHVH has provided for each person. All the people were working together for the glory of YHVH!
There were no distinctions or exclusions among the people. Every person was invited to participate if he or she was willing. Each had something to contribute. Men and women were both included.
When the Israelites left Egypt, there was a mixed multitude (Ex 12:37-38). YHVH’s demonstration of His power and the powerlessness of the false gods awakened more than just the Israelites to recognize the one true God. An unreported number of Gentiles were in the group. All the people were told to keep the Shabbat and the other appointed times. YHVH, who is a God of relationship, provided in His plan set times for a family reunion three times a year after they were settled in the Promised Land. While they were in the desert, they could all meet with YHVH each Shabbat as well.
Today Jews, lost tribes, and Gentiles are being called to help establish and be part of YHVH’s kingdom. In this case it is not Moshe who has the blueprint, but the Holy Spirit. All are called to participate. All are called to the appointed times YHVH has provided for us. Each person has an assignment in the work and each person is called to contribute according to the provisions of goods, time and talent that YHVH has provided. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor freeman, neither male nor female; for in union with the Messiah Yeshua, you are all one (Gal 3:28 CJB).
Every person is important to the work of YHVH’s kingdom building. Every person is needed and has a specific role to play, a specific assignment to carry out. In the wilderness, as the people were building a tabernacle, YHVH was building a community, a family. So it is today.
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought (1 Cor 1:10 NIV).